If you had to choose any time in the course of human history to be alive, you’d choose this one.
Never before has there been a better time to exist in the world than today.
According to the book “The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” Steven Pinker, who is a Harvard professor, explains that the world is safer (per capita) than ever before in recorded history.
The amount of warfare and deaths by human hands are reducing globally. You’re chances of dying a violent death are 1/500th of what they used to be during the medieval times.
Crime rates, poverty rates, and teen pregnancy rates, are all down.
Life expectancy is up. Science based medicine has dramatically increased the lifespan and health of people around the world.
Vaccines have prevented millions of children from lifelong suffering and even death.
More countries in the world now know democracy. And in some countries, many now have the freedom to marry the person that they love.
More kids in the world are going to school. The number of people with a college education is up.
There is more opportunity in the world to succeed than ever before.
Yet despite these facts, people are more frightened than ever before.
To many people, these are facts that all sound at odds with what they see and hear on the news.
But if you’re only listening and watching the news, then of course these numbers probably don’t make any sense to you.
These are facts that you will never get from watching televised news or from reading the newspaper.
Why? Because as humans, our brains are wired to pay 10 times more attention to negative news than positive news.
So media outlets will appeal to your fears by inflating extreme cases , which makes them seem normal and commonplace in the world.
If they didn’t do this, then their viewership would plummet and their ratings would go down.
Because of this, news networks have become a hub of negative thinking, delivering every, and all, crisis, all the time.
But believe it or not, you can still be educated on important issues without ever watching the big television news networks.
You can get high quality news that is curated from Google News for example.
When you decide to do something like this, it allows you to detox out all the toxic filth that is public news.
As a result, you’ll be startled as your worldview becomes radically more optimistic.
Remember, there is no objective reality. Instead, we live in perceived realities and are thus responsible for the worldviews we adopt about the world.
Every day, when people watch the news, they are choosing to succumb to the fear that is media television. These people are making a choice every day to view the world a certain way and they are choosing how to experience that world.
It’s like Grant Cardone, who is an entrepreneur and bestselling author, says in his book “Sell or Be Sold.”
“You are a product of all that you surround yourself with. That includes the TV you watch, and the newspapers you read.”
Simply put, people are a product of the media.
When the media starts to promote recessions and tough times for example, people everywhere tighten up. They get scared, and this only perpetuates what the media has promoted.
Entire economies have become frozen as a result of what is promoted on television and newspapers.
The attitudes of entire nations of people can be shifted from positive to negative, even if there is no real basis, as a result of the media.
But fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way, does it?
This is a post that I’m going to start reposting every few months to show that it seems like there is always something to be scared about. Despite all the numbers showing that the world has gotten significantly better and safer as a result of science and technology, people will always find something to be scared about. I bet even years later from now, this post will still ring true.